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DU students on hunger strike for better hostel facility

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016,11:46 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Scores of Delhi University students today sat on a hunger strike demanding construction of new hostels in the varsity.

The hunger strike is part of the ongoing “A Room of My Own” campaign by the varsity students demanding better hostel facilities in the university to avoid harassment of students by private accommodation owners.

“The need for hostels is not only for a cheap accommodation but rather it should be linked to an idea of a closed campus where students live and share their ideas throughout day and night. One must link it to freedom of living and sharing academic ideas,” Nandini Sundar, a sociology professor at the varsity.

Ankita Nirmal, a first year student said, “I am sitting on hunger strike because I cannot afford the high room rents that one has to pay for PGs and rented rooms. If the university doesn’t provide me with hostels or if the rents are not reduced, I doubt if I can study here”.

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